Reggie Williams '08, VMI's all-time leading scorer, signed a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors Tuesday, becoming just the second Keydet to join an NBA team. The move was announced by Golden State as they prepare to take on the Miami Heat in South Florida Tuesday evening, a game that Williams is expected to suit up for.
Williams joins Ron Carter '78 as the only other Keydet to have played in the Association, as he played with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1978-79 and with the Indiana Pacers in 1979-80. Williams will also become the third Big South player to play in the League, joining Liberty's Peter Aluma and Julius Nwosu.
Williams, a 6-6 forward, has appeared in 31 games for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League this season, averaging a league-high 26.4 points to go with 5.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He has scored in double figures in 30 of those 31 games. Williams has led the team in scoring on 20 occasions and in rebounding six times. He scored a season-high 43 points three times - Jan. 6 vs. Austin, Jan. 22 against Tulsa and Feb. 5 in a 116-112 home victory over the Idaho Stampede. Williams, who earned NBA D-League Performer of the Week honors on Dec. 28, and the NBA D-League Player of the Month for February, was selected to play for the East team in the 2010 NBA D-League All-Star Game, where he finished with 17 points.
A four-year starter for the Keydets, Williams averaged 27.8 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists during his senior season, during which he led the nation in scoring for the second consecutive year . He finished his collegiate career as the all-time leading scorer in VMI, Big South Conference and Virginia State Division I history with 2,556 points, while ranking fourth all-time in VMI history in rebounds (820), fourth in three-point field goals made (196), sixth in assists (368) and sixth in steals (175).
Williams will wear uniform #55 with the Warriors, just as he did his final three seasons with VMI. He is the 16th GATORADE Call-Up from the D-League to the NBA this season, and the fifth by the Warriors.
Williams' 10-day contract will include six Warriors' games. After Tuesday's date at Miami, the Warriors take on the Southeast Division-leading Orlando Magic Wednesday in a 7 p.m. Eastern contest that will be broadcast on NBA TV. Golden State then plays at Atlanta on Friday at 7:30 p.m. before traveling to Charlotte to take on the Bobcats on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. The Warriors then wrap up their five-game road swing on Monday, playing at New Orleans, before returning home for a date against Portland on Thursday, March 11 that will be carried as the second game of a doubleheader on TNT, scheduled for a 10:30 p.m. Eastern tip.